In today millennial’s generation, having a phone is just a common need; but when we see big-screen phones in the little hands of children, It’s weird!

Nowadays children are more prone to mobile phones than any other toys.

But what they scroll and see on phones, mostly childish games! But when we see their social media accounts at an inappropriate age, it’s a problem!

Ninety-five percent of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45 percent of teens say they are online “almost constantly,” according to the Pew Research Center.

The brain of adolescents is at a growing stage. And that growth determines whats their future, career, and personal life. And it’s been deteriorating with the endless post, scrolling, and comparison.

How Social media affect Teenagers' Mental Health:

Firstly, studies have suggested that some teenagers are losing sleep due to social media use at night, and some are more distracted from it during the school day. Secondly, teens on social media are more apt to say something negative or mean, or teens are exposed to and getting feedback or pressure from many more people than they would encounter in daily life.

Peer-Pressure:

School-going children are attracted more to things that make them famous or unique on social media, all are posting their photos with great filters, great stories, and posts but, the problem arises when children are bullied for their weight, color, and race.

It happens!

“Teenagers are more bullied by their school friends and family members than any other stranger!”

What do you expect from a 12-year old teenager to react with a mean, obnoxious comment?

It would seriously hit their self-esteem creating an image of "NOT PERFECT FIT " in this society.

It happens because they lack the maturity of understanding what's "good and bad", "right and wrong" & "ethical or unethical"

Competition:

Your friend is traveling on an expensive trip or she has luxurious shoes than you?

When scrolling through Instagram posts of their friend, 80% of people compare their life to others.

Instagram is like "La-La Land" where everyone wants to travel and have fun.

Anxiety :

We are more curious about knowing what other people are doing rather than spending time for ourselves. Because Judging is much easier than understanding other's life. We comment and gossip about the people we see day-to-day or just passing thought about a person we really don’t know. These traits are nowadays common!

Everyone has to lecture tips on social media to have a great display but no one wants to help people beside them.

"The amount of hypocrisy and self-centeredness has been upsurges with social media"

Stalking :

Smartphones are connecting people. If you’re always sharing your location, then social media friends know where you are. Teenagers are used to updating their status, share what they’re watching, listening to, reading, and where they check-ins. This habit not only becomes an addiction but also make them hyperactive because they always look for new updates from their friends. They check every notification and alert to respond because they believe responding on time is necessary.

Sleep-deprivation:

Children are sometimes up late on the Internet doing things other than school work.

Almost half of the children have been online at 11 pm or later at midnight and these kids are between 6-8 graders, and on weekends, they are up to 1 AM.

Cyber-Bullying:

Confronting your kids about online risks and how to manage yourself when they get trapped in something, this all things you have to discuss with your kids.

But first, you need to know about these threats first :

Contact with undesirable people, including:

  • Predators - for example, in social media messages or gaming lobby chat rooms.
  • Cyberbullies - children can be targeted by online bullies
  • Phishing scammers - they trick your child out of sensitive info about themselves or you.

Inappropriate content, such as:

  • Sexually explicit content - notably pornographic images and video.
  • Obscene or age-inappropriate content - like foul language or drug and alcohol use.
  • Unwanted advertising, pop-ups, and adware programs - often automatically installed when freeware or shareware programs are downloaded. These can also carry spyware.

Fear of missing out (FOMO):

While FOMO has been around far longer than social media, sites such as Facebook and Instagram seem to exacerbate feelings that others are having more fun or living better lives than you are. The idea that you’re missing out on certain things can impact your self-esteem, trigger anxiety, and fuel even greater social media use. FOMO can compel you to pick up your phone every few minutes to check for updates, or compulsively respond to each and every alert: even if that means taking risks while you’re driving, missing out on sleep at night, or prioritizing social media interaction over real-world relationships.

Conclusion

You cannot protect children from every problem they face, but sometimes they don’t have to face it alone. The level of understanding parents can give to a child, no one can explain these small things to them.

In these blogs, there are practices parents can go through for a better idea:

Internet Safety for Kids | How to keep children secure from online